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CHNS3611: Chinese for Specific Purposes 1

Semester 1, 2024 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study is intended for students who have advanced competence of Modern Standard Chinese and wish to study the language for specific purposes. The unit provides training in basic knowledge of Chinese terms, etiquette and ethics in different professions, such as medicine, law, engineering and business. It will enhance students' presentation and communication skills in different social and professional contexts. It will also help them develop a general understanding of inter-professional knowledge in Chinese and enhance their analytical and critical thinking skills.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Chinese Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Irene Shidong An,
Tutor(s) Jiefen Li,
The census date for this unit availability is 2 April 2024
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Oral Presentations
Report on your intended research paper. Live in classroom
15% Multiple weeks 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Assignment Research proposal
Mini research proposal.
15% Week 06
Due date: 31 Mar 2024 at 23:59
1000 words (equivalent)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation group assignment Oral Group Presentations
via Zoom video (submitted on Canvas)
15% Week 10
Due date: 29 Apr 2024 at 23:59
1000 words (equivalent)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO3 LO2
Assignment Final essay
Report on mini research project
40% Week 13
Due date: 24 May 2024 at 23:59
1500 words (equivalent)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Online task Class discussion
online discussion
15% Weekly Weekly
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

Support for students

The Support for Students Policy 2023 reflects the University’s commitment to supporting students in their academic journey and making the University safe for students. It is important that you read and understand this policy so that you are familiar with the range of support services available to you and understand how to engage with them.

The University uses email as its primary source of communication with students who need support under the Support for Students Policy 2023. Make sure you check your University email regularly and respond to any communications received from the University.

Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

If you are having difficulties completing your studies, or are feeling unsure about your progress, we are here to help. You can access the support services offered by the University at any time:

Support and Services (including health and wellbeing services, financial support and learning support)
Course planning and administration
Meet with an Academic Adviser

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 课程介绍 第一单元 1 实证研究 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 02 第一单元 2. 初选研究课题 文献综述 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 03 第一单元 3 研究种类概述 研究数据 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 第一单元 4 研究方法(1): 调查法 资料收集和问卷调查 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 第二单元 1 研究计划 research proposal Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 研究计划 research proposal due Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 第二单元 2 研究方法 文献综述复习 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 第二单元 3 研究方法(2): 对比分析 两个基本方法 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 第二单元 4 研究方法(2): 对比分析 两个基本方法 小组演讲 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 第三单元 1 学术论文与撰写(1): 文 体 -描述 -分析 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 第三单元 2 学术论文与撰写: 论文范文分析 个人演讲开始 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 12 第三单元 3 学术论文与撰写: 文献 检索 继续个人演讲 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 13 第三单元 4 学术论文与撰写: 如何报告问卷及采访结果(survey report) 继续个人演讲 Final essay due Friday ( May 24) More details and accurate class contents will be provided in the Class Schedule on Canvas Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.

  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on Canvas. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.

  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Professional Chinese, Level 1. 2020 edition, by Tsung, L. and Han. X. Bilingual Publishing Company, Melbourne

-Gleebook Bookstore, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.00am-7.00pm Sun 10am-6pm



All other readings for this unit can be accessed in the weekly modules on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. master and demonstrate basic knowledge of Chinese terms, etiquette and ethics in different professions
  • LO2. demonstrate a mastery of Chinese terms and language usage relating to different professions in particular and Chinese society in general
  • LO3. give oral presentations related to the students’ own major specialisation
  • LO4. design and conduct mini research studies
  • LO5. read and write Chinese-language reports and essays related to specific purposes
  • LO6. use professional Chinese confidently for specific purposes

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Some learning activities and assessment instructions have been revised since this unit was last offered

Detailed class schedule and assessment criteria will be available on Canvas. 


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